GHANA – Nissan Motor Co., a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer has officially unveiled assembly point in Tema, Ghana.
The plant is the culmination of a journey that began in 2018 when Nissan became the first mover in the country to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government to work towards creating the Ghana Automotive Development Policy.
Nissan selected Japan Motors, one of its two long-standing distributors in the country, as its licensed assembler in 2020.
Work on the 5000 sq. m plant began shortly afterward and 17 months later, the plant has been officially commissioned by the president as the first Navaras began rolling off the assembly lines.
Nissan Africa managing director, Mike Whitfield, said it was an incredibly joyous and emotional experience.
“Just over a month ago, this brand-new assembly plant passed its own final test – the very same one that the Rosslyn plant had to pass because in the world of Nissan there is only one standard – it is Nissan’s,” said Nissan Africa managing director, Mike Whitfield.
“I can tell you all, without any fear of contradiction, that this is the most modern, most state-of-the-art plant anywhere in West Africa.”
“The existence of this plant is a tribute to the passion and commitment of Japan Motors investing US$ 9-million, supported by the security and certainty offered by the government of Ghana’s progressive automotive industry development policy,” added Whitfield.
“Ghana today stands as a benchmark for the African automotive industry, an example of what can be done when there is a will and a vision.”
Japan Motors MD, Salem Kalmoni, whose grandfather began what would become Japan Motors 100 years ago, said the US $9-million investment as proof of his family’s commitment to the country and the government, creating jobs and opportunities in the country.
“To borrow from the Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kyerematen; we have indeed ‘put our skin into it’,” said Japan Motors MD, Salem Kalmoni.
Kalmoni said he hoped that the government would now fully implement the Ghana Automotive Development Policy, after having identified vehicle assembly and automotive component manufacturing as a strategic anchor industry for its Ten Point Plan for Ghana’s industrial development.